DySoC and NIMBioS continue their seminars series on topics related to social complexity in the Fall 2018 semester. Seminars are held in Hallam Auditorium (Room 206) at NIMBioS at 3:30. Most are also live streamed and recorded.
– November 12, 2018. Aleydis Van de Moortel (Classics, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville) on Understanding the rise and decline of complex society at prehistoric Mitrou, Greece, through practice theory and human agency
– January 22, 2019. Oleg Manaev (Political Science, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville) on Reshaping social structure for legitimation of power in resurgent autocracy: the case of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine
DySoC/NIMBioS Investigative Workshop on Extending the Theory of Sustainability
Meeting dates: December 5-7, 2018
Location: NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
– Peter Richerson, Environmental Science & Policy, Univ. of California, Davis
– Eli Fenichel, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale Univ.
– Sergey Gavrilets, Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity (DySoc)/NIMBioS; Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee
Apply now for the DySoC/NIMBioS Investigative Workshop on Mathematics of Gun Violence to be held May 1-3, 2019, at NIMBioS. Deadline to apply: November 30.
Dr. Chien-fei Chen serves as the Director of Education and Diversity Programs and Research Associate Professor for CURENT. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the department of sociology. Dr. Chen received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University. Her research in social psychology focuses on how the content and structure of social relations are mediated through social norms, networks, interpersonal communication and related psychological factors at both individual and group levels.
Dr. Damian Ruck (PhD, Bristol University, U.K.) joined the Department of Anthropology this fall as a postdoctoral scholar and will also be a member of the NIMBioS DySoc group. Dr. Ruck uses large historical data sets to measure social and cultural change across cultures and nations over historical time. Dr. Ruck's new research, published with Alex Bentley and Daniel Lawson this summer in Science Advances, measures the importance of religion in 109 countries spanning the entire 20th century. This research has reignited an age-old debate around the link between secularization and economic growth. The study, showing that a decline in religion influences a country's future economic prosperity, received prominent media coverage this summer, including the front page of Britain's leading newspaper, The Times.
Dr. Harry Dahms (Sociology, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville). Dr. Dahms is Co-Director, Center for the Study of Social Justice, UTK; Co-Chair, Committee on Social Theory, UTK; Editor, Current Perspectives in Social Theory; Director, International Social Theory Consortium (ISTC); and Affiliated Faculty, University of Innsbruck (Austria). Dr. Dahms research interests are in economic sociology, political economy, and comparative sociology.
Philosophy 640. Mariam Thalos will be teaching a seminar in Spring 2019 on Rational choice and its applications in a variety of social sciences.
EEB/Math 681. Evolution of human distinctiveness: a review of ideas and mathematical models.
Instructor: Sergey Gavrilets
CRN: 43210, Section #1, 3 credit hours
Place: Ayres 122/ Claxton 103
The goal of the course is to expand on the material presented in introductory courses on mathematical modeling in biological, social and cultural evolution to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the rapidly developing theoretical research focusing on human social behavior.
The list of topics to be covered:
For each topic, we will use at least 3 class periods to:
No tests/exams but a significant amount of reading. Student-led discussions. A possibility for a project and/or publication.
O'Brien MJ, Bentley RA. 2018. Dual inheritance, cultural transmission, and niche construction. IN The Handbook of Culture and Biology (J Causadilas, EH Teller, NA Gonzales, eds.): 179-202.
Lucas JR, Gentry KE, Sieving KE, Freeberg TM. (In Press 2018). Communication as a fundamental piece of the Machiavellian Intelligence puzzle. To appear in Journal of Comparative Psychology.
Brooks HZ, Hohn ME, Price CR, Radunskaya AE, Sindi SS, Williams ND, Wilson SN, Fefferman NH. 2018. Mathematical analysis of the impact of social structure on ectoparasite load in allogrooming Populations. IN Understanding Complex Biological Systems with Mathematics, pp. 47-61. Springer, Cham, 2018.
Williams ND, Brooks HZ, Hohn ME, Price CR, Radunskaya AE, Sindi SS, Wilson SN, Fefferman NH. 2018. How disease risks can impact the evolution of social behaviors and emergent population organization. IN Understanding Complex Biological Systems with Mathematics, pp. 31-46. Springer, Cham.
Moseley DL, Derryberry GE, Phillips JN, Danner JE, Danner RM, Luther DA, Derryberry EP. 2018. Acoustic adaptation to city noise through vocal learning by a songbird. Proc. R. Soc. B 285:20181356.
Thalos, M. 2018. Dirty hands: The phenomenology of acting as an authorized agent. Monist 101:2.
DySoC is affiliated with
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis.